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Bounce (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Buddy Amaral (Affleck), a cocky, self-absorbed ad executive who--in desiring a tryst with the gorgeous Mimi (Henstridge), a woman he meets at the airport--gives up his plane ticket back to Los Angeles to writer Greg Janello (Tony Goldwyn). The plane crashes, and Buddy begins a downward spiral of alcoholism and self-loathing until he undergoes rehab. Once out, he decides to pay a visit to the dead man's widow. Abby Janello (Paltrow) is a struggling real estate agent with two young sons. She slowly befriends Buddy and falls in love with him while Buddy struggles with the guilty secret of his connection to her husband's untimely death which could destroy their relationship.

Specifications

  • Lions Gate-Miramax
  • 2000, Color, PG-13, 106 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natasha Henstridge, Edward Edwards, Jennifer Grey
  • Directed by: Don Roos
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I first thought that this would be a wacky romantic comedy but it turned out to be a somber, serious romance flick. I'm not a big Affleck fan, but he and Paltrow have good chemistry here. The premise of the movie is a bit creepy and keeping a major "secret" from a women you are dating (the widow of a man you inadvertently sent to his death) is a bit skewed. Also, the fact that 24 hours before Affleck's character is going to confess the whole story, another women reveals the deception to Paltrow's character seems a bit contrived…but forgivable. I enjoyed this movie a whole lot more than I thought I would. Watch it with your significant other when the boob tube has nothing else on.

Technical

The PQ was not stellar, but much better than most films from this era. Skin tones are good, contrasts are consistent and dark scenes hold up pretty well with fair amounts of shadow details. Textures and colors look about average for a BD transfer. Sound quality was good and mostly front heavy. My sub came on only a few (and far between) times. Overall, better than the SD version on DVD, but not a demo disc to show off to your friends.

Extras

An audio commentary, deleted scenes, a music video, commentaries from Roos, Affleck and Paltrow, and some "behind the scenes" action.